BERLIN (AP) – Hundreds of German police were searching for a 31-year-old man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint, authorities said Monday.

Officers were touring forested areas with the support of hounds and helicopters, according to police in the southwestern city of Offenburg.

In an unusual decision, authorities identified the suspect, Yves Etienne Rausch, warning that he carried several firearms and was known to be violent.

Agents stopped Rausch on Sunday to identify him near the town of Oppenau in the Black Forest. At first he cooperated, but suddenly pointed a gun at the officers, threatened them, and forced them to surrender their statutory weapons. No one was injured in the incident, near the German border with France.

Rausch was described as a bald, 170 cm (about 5 ft 7 in) tall man with a goatee and dressed in camouflage clothing and perhaps glasses.